By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter
NEW YORK — Pushing Roger Federer in three tough Australian Open sets. Beating top American John Isner in Washington, D.C. Being the No. 1 ranked junior American in 2014.
That’s Long Island’s own Noah Rubin.
Rubin is currently playing in the Oracle Challenger in New Haven. A big fan favorite, especially in the Jewish community, Rubin is currently ranked No. 195th in the world and not too long ago was No. 131st, before being beset by nagging injuries.
His tennis hero is Israel’s own Dudi Sela, who’s still playing on the Tour. Rubin was home schooled later on in high school and attended and starred at tennis power, Wake Forest for a year.
The affable 5-foot-9 player, who trained at John McEnroe Academy on Randall’s Island is candid about the difficulties of competing at a Major and then competing at a Challenger before as few as 50 fans.
New Haven has drawn far more fans at its Challenger.
He has enjoyed the quality of the New Haven experience and his play and that was evident as he defeated top-seeded Andreas Seppi to earn a berth in Saturday’s semifinals, against No. 6 seed American Tommy Paul.
A win and perhaps a championship, would improve his world ranking.